The following article covers everything you need to know about the upcoming Euro 2020 fixture of England vs. Scotland.
England vs. Scotland top free betting tips
After analyzing previous matches and the squads' most recent form, we compiled the best free betting tips and predictions in one place for your ease.
- Bet one: England to win at 1.39
- Bet two: Both teams to score – No at 1.75
- Bet three: Over 2.5 goals in the match at 1.75
An important note is that odds are subject to change at all times, and you should closely pay attention before placing a bet.
England v Scotland match preview
On 18 June 2021, a United Kingdom derby will take place. The two oldest National teams will play their 2nd fixtures of Group D. England are opening up their Euro 2020 run with a game versus the team that put an end to the “It's coming home” chants back in 2018 – Croatia, while Scotland will be hosting the Czech Republic at the Hampden Park in Glasgow. Bearing in mind that the European Championship's group stages are relatively short, with just three fixtures before advancing to the knockout phase, every match is of extreme importance. Scotland's highest chance of getting a crucial three points will be vs. the Czech Republic, but if they fail to do so, they will be pressured into beating the odds vs. England if they want to survive.
Previous form of the teams
The Scottish squad has really lacked any big wins in recent time, despite the record of their last ten matches being 7-1-2 W/D/L. The team captained by Andy Robertson managed wins vs. Serbia, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Israel, Kazakhstan, and Cyprus. But when they are put to the test, they fail to deliver, as has happened on several occasions during the qualification phase for Euro 2020. Scotland lost in 2 games vs. Belgium with a total score of 7-0, and also succumbed to Russia with 1-2 at home and 4-0 away at the Luzhniki Stadium. The team also has struggles on the offensive side of the pitch, failing to score more than a single goal in 5 out of their six recent UEFA Nations League matches. To qualify for the Euro 2020, the Scottish team had to beat Israel and Serbia on penalties after drawing 0-0 and 1-1 during the regular time. Even though the squad has some high-profile figures in it, the results are yet to come for Scotland.
Garreth Southgate's side will be going in this match after having previously faced their rivals Croatia, and the outcome of this fixture will definitely have an impact on the game vs. Scotland. During the World Cup in 2018, the England squad has shown that they are one of the most solid sides in Europe and also worldwide. Since then, they've kept the level up, and having a line-up full of elite clubs' footballers sure does help. The Three Lions have been scoring regularly, especially versus lesser-equipped sides like Bulgaria, Montenegro, and Kosovo. However, they still have defensive flaws that can sometimes lead them into challenging situations. During the qualification round for Euro 2020, Southgate's squad conceded three times in a single match vs. Kosovo and recorded a 2-1 loss vs. the Czech Republic, and this was only playing against the underdogs. Against Belgium, for instance, England lost 2-0 after winning the first match 2-1 but failed to beat Denmark in 2 games. These somewhat contradictory results tell us that England sure does pose a serious threat to the title but may crumble versus a tougher opponent.
After having a look at both sides' recent results, what are the most suitable betting tips?
Betting is always tricky and shouldn't be taken as a source of income. Despite this, we are here to propose our view on the possible outcomes of the fixture. Our free predictions are by no means sure to hit, but we aim to look for good value odds.
England to win
Going into this match, the Three Lions are the clear favorite to go home with the 3 points. With the odds at 1.39, however, the risk/reward ratio isn't the highest. With Scotland struggling to find the net and England having a pretty decent record vs. Teams of the Scots' caliber, the probability of the home team's victory certainly is there. You should also bear in mind that the match will be played in the Wembley Stadium, which more or less will provide Southgate's players with a confidence boost.
Both teams to score – No
After covering England's defensive struggles, this pick might seem a bit conflicting, but with the odds being at 1.75, it's a choice with a decent risk/reward ratio. The truth is that Scotland's star names are defensive-minded players, and they lack any severe attacking threat, while the English team still has a world-class defensive line-up with the likes of Trent-Alexander Arnold, Ben Chilwell, Harry Maguire, Kyle Walker, and many others. The most determining factor for this pick will be whether the Englishmen concede any unforced errors. If they are up to par with their own standards, Scotland's forwards will have a tough time finding an opening.
Over 2.5 goals in the match
The odds of 1.75 offer an excellent payout and a nice risk/reward ratio. This pick has hit in 6 out of England's last ten games, with three of the four matches in which it failed being versus Denmark and Belgium. At the same time, this pick has made it in just 3 of the last 10 Scotland games, but this shouldn't bother you. Considering that the main driving force for the result of this match-up will be England's offense, it's easy to imagine that the Three Lions will score at least 2 to 3 goals, which they've done in pretty much all of their matches versus smaller sides. If Scotland is able to break the English defense and find the net themselves, this will only make Over 2.5 goals a much more probable event. For the adventurous minded readers, we also suggest going for an Over 3.5 pick with odds of 2